by Lester Holt
Good day from New York, where we are busy preparing tonight's edition of NBC Nightly News. The big story of the day is a plane crash in Phuket, Thailand. At this writing, 88 people are confirmed dead, and 42 others have been injured. The American built MD-88 skidded off a runway and broke in two pieces while landing in driving wind and rain. There are plenty of eyewitness accounts and lots of speculation over the cause, but experience tells us the first assumptions in aircraft accidents are usually wrong. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to assist in the investigation. Our Michelle Kosinksi is working the story and will have the latest.
Also, we will be reporting on today's arrest of O.J. Simpson by Las Vegas police in connection with a hotel room break-in.
Our broadcast tonight will precede NBC coverage of the New England Patriots game against the San Diego Chargers. It will be the first game for the Pats since their coach, Bill Belichick, was fined a half-million-dollars by the NFL, over what amounts to a spying incident. A Patriots video assistant was caught shooting the play calling signals of an opposing coach in last week's game. We've asked NBC Sports commentator Chris Collinsworth to come on with us tonight to explain why the league lowered the boom on a practice not unheard of in the NFL.
As always thanks for checking in. I hope you can join us tonight.